- Iver McLeod has been an Environmental Specialist Project Manager for the Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection’s Federal Facilities Remediation Unit since 1995. He manages the remediation of both active and BRAC Navy bases, most of Maine’s 180 FUD sites, including all of its MMRP FUD sites and two non-DoD CERCLA sites, including the world’s only intertidal hard rock mining site. In addition to Project Management responsibilities Iver has been a member of the FUDS Forum Working Group since its creation in 2014, is a member of both the Munitions Response Dialogue and its predecessor the State Munitions Response Forum, and is a member of ASTWMO’s Federal Facilities Remediation and Reuse subcommittee. He is also Maine’s POC for the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) and participated on both the Geophysical Classification for Munitions Response and the Quality Considerations for Munitions Response Sites teams. Iver has degrees in Wildlife Biology and Oceanography and in his spare time is usually running around both onstage and backstage at local community theater productions with his family.
- Brian Jankauskas, P.E. is a project manager for the Division of Environmental Remediation at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Since 2006, he has been assigned remediation sites within the New York State Superfund program, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act program, and federal Superfund program. He primarily works on federal facility sites that are managed by the Department of Defense or Department of Energy. Since 2018, Brian has developed valuable resources through ASTSWMO that have benefited DEC interests at federal facility sites. Prior to joining DEC, Brian graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and worked for consulting firms in New Hampshire, New Jersey, and New York.
- Steph Gordon is an Environmental Scientist in the Remediation Section at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). Steph has worked in the environmental investigation and remediation field at DNREC for over 15 years. She manages sites in the Brownfields, Voluntary Cleanup, Site Assessment/Pre-Remedial, Superfund, and Federal Facilities programs. She has a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Delaware. Originally from Pennsylvania, she lives in Lewes, DE and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.
- Brandi Little is an Environmental Engineering Specialist, Senior with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. She has worked in the Land Division, Governmental Hazardous Waste Branch since April 2002. She manages Department of Defense sites, Formerly Used Defense Sites and Superfund sites and serves on the ADEM environmental justice group. Prior to working at ADEM, she graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering with an Environmental Engineering certificate. Her interests include traveling, watching Alabama football, all things Disney and spending time with her husband and two sons.
- Laura has worked for Ohio EPA since 1993. Previously with Ohio EPA’s Office of Federal Facilities Oversight, Laura worked on a team implementing Ohio’s remediation program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) $4.4 billion Fernald site cleanup. In 2017, she became Ohio EPA’s Fernald lead. Fernald was the subject of the largest ever natural resource damages settlement against the federal government after Ohio sued Department of Energy for damages to the waters of the state. Laura is the alternate trustee representative for Ohio and works to implement the $13.75 million settlement. As part of her role at Ohio EPA, Laura has worked with the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO). Within ASTSWMO, Laura works on the Remediation and Reuse Focus Group of the Federal Facilities Subcommittee. Laura is working with other states in the focus group to finalize their paper on ARARs. Laura is the lead CPR coordinator for Ohio EPA’s southwest district. She works with the Agency’s Health and Safety Coordinator to ensure that all agency staff have the opportunity to learn American Red Cross CPR, AED and First Aid. As the Fernald workload has lessened, Laura now spends much of her time working in Ohio’s hazardous waste program. She is responsible for overseeing the permits, inspections and compliance at facilities in southwest Ohio. Areas of expertise include: public outreach, radioactive waste cleanup and natural resource restoration. Laura has a Bachelors of Science (B.S.) degree in Natural Resource Conservation with a minor in Communications from the University of Kentucky.
- Matt Carey works in Assessment and Remediation at the Arkansas Department of Energy & Environment – Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ). He has been with the agency since 2018 and is a Geologist Supervisor. He works on many federal facilities projects in the state under RCRA, CERCLA, FUDS, and BRAC programs. Many of these projects have included remediation of chlorinated solvents, DDT, and UXO removal. In his free time, he enjoys distance running, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and planning trips to Costa Rica with his wife Sam and daughter Lindley Faye.
- For roughly 15 years has been with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, specifically with the Air Quality and Land Quality Bureaus, respectively. Currently, Shelly Nellesen serves as an Environmental Specialist Senior within the Contaminated Sites Section. Shelly tackles a variety of contaminated sites throughout the State. In addition to her ESS role, Shelly is also the lead worker for the State's DSMOA, Land Recycling (VCP), and State Lead Programs.
- Jennifer Talbert works as the Remediation Program Manager in the Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). As the Remediation Program Manager she is involved in overseeing response actions at federal facilities and Superfund sites in Colorado. Her work also includes Brownfields and Voluntary Cleanup, and Natural Resource Damages. Prior to joining the Remediation Program, Jennifer was a Colorado Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Natural Resources and Environment Section where she represented CDPHE to resolve complicated legal issues for Brownfield, voluntary cleanups, Superfund and federal facilities sites as well as taking legal enforcement actions pursuant to the Colorado Hazardous Waste Act and the Solid Waste Disposal Sites and Facilities Act. During her free time she enjoys snowboarding, cross country skiing, hiking, and travelling.
- Sven Lindstrom is a Voluntary Cleanup Program Specialist with the Hawai’i Department of Health, Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response (HEER) Office. Sven has been with the HEER Office for going on 6 years overseeing both State and Federal remediations sites. On the Federal side, most sites are DoD facilities or Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) managed under the DSMOA Cooperative Agreement, including both Installation Restoration Program (IRP) and Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP) sites. Over the past few years, Sven has been the sole regulator in the state overseeing active remediation at dozens of munitions response sites across the islands, working with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, the Navy, the Air Force, the Army and the National Guard to address munitions hazards and protect the public at those sites. Sven has been working hard to get DoD to provide more unexploded ordnance (UXO) awareness training and information to the public, provide better protection for residents and site users on FUDS with UXO contamination, and to re-evaluate the quality of previous UXO response actions. He is also working to develop statewide UXO safety guidance based on work done at the 100,000+ acre Former Waikoloa Maneuver Area MMRP site on the island of Hawai’i. In addition, Sven has recently become involved in PFAS investigations by DoD at several sites on Oahu. Sven has been a member of the ASTSWMO Federal Facilities R&R Focus Group since 2018 and has found it to be an extremely rewarding experience thanks to the opportunity to meet with regulators from other states and discuss issues of both local and national concern.
- Pete Johansen currently serves as the Supervisor for the Federal Facility Agreement/Consent Order program where he oversees the CERCLA cleanup at the Idaho National Laboratory for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ). He has worked for IDEQ since 2001 on a variety of projects, including remediation of abandoned hardrock mine sites, solvent-contaminated groundwater sites, RCRA-corrective action sites, and RCRA-permitted Treatment, Storage, and Disposal sites. Before coming to IDEQ, he worked as an environmental consultant and as an environmental manager in private industry.
- Ms. Limacher has been an Environmental Analyst with the Remediation Division of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection since 2008. Prior to that time, she was employed as an environmental consultant. Ms. Limacher oversees the investigation and remediation of contaminated sites and is a state expert on Environmental Use Restrictions. She is currently enrolled in the Paralegal Certificate Program at the University of Hartford. She has two awesome boys and enjoys writing (in her copious free time).
- Stacey French, P.E. is the Director of the Division of Waste Management at the South Carolina Department of Environmental Control. Her Division includes the RCRA Hazardous Waste Permitting, Infectious Waste Permitting, and Radioactive Waste Licensing. She has worked in the RCRA program for 25 years helping private and federal facilities navigate permitting and corrective action requirements. In more recent years she took on a role in Radioactive and Infectious Waste Management. As an engineer, she enjoys analyzing problems and finding solutions through collaboration. This is Stacey’s 2nd year with ASTSWMO and she is currently serving as a member of ASTSWMO’s State and Federal Coordination Focus Group. In her free time, Stacey enjoys spending time with her husband and son (Go Hokies!), and traveling the world.
- Stephanie Andrews works in the Federal Programs Section of the Office of Land Quality within the IN Department of Environmental Management. She has been a senior environmental manager working on both federal facilities and NPL sites for over 20 years. While most of her work includes project management, she is also responsible for overseeing the DSMOA/CA grant and ensuring all grant obligations are met and funds are available. Stephanie has been involved with ASTSWMO since 2001 when she joined her first focus group. Before joining the State Federal Coordination Focus Group in 2022, she was part of the Remediation and Reuse Focus Group where she served as Vice Chair and Chair before rotating off in 2021. She is excited to be part of the Federal Facilities Subcommittee again and is looking forward to working on new projects with the Focus Group. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.
- Emily Dixon is a project manager in the Land Protection Division of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). She has been at DEQ for 5 years and provides oversight for all phases of characterization and remediation of contaminated sites. This is Emily’s first year with ASTWSMO and she is currently serving as a member of ASTSWMO’s State and Federal Coordination Focus Group.
- I am a Missouri native my whole life and I have lived in multiple areas that has allowed me to become very familiar with all of the diverse aspects of the state. I graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resource Management in 2016. I worked for the Department of Agriculture for 4 ½ years before beginning my career with the Department of Natural Resources in 2022 as an Environmental Specialist in the Defense Sites Restoration Unit. I work very closely with the DoD and FUDS in numerous sites, some of which are on the National Priority List. I have always had a passion for the outdoors and the environment since I was young and I feel confident my role with MDNR will be a long lasting and productive journey and I look forward to contributing to my role as Region 7 Representative for ASTSWMO.
- Dominique (Dom) Forrester is the Federal Facilities Chief in the Site Mitigation and Remediation Program of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. He and his staff oversee Cleanup at over 25 military facilities in the State. He is a civil engineer with almost 20 years of experience in environmental consulting and public service. Prior to joining DTSC in 2014, Dom worked as a consultant for several developers and the US Army Corps of Engineers, primarily focusing on cleanup at closed (BRAC) and formerly used Department of Defense sites (FUDS). He is a California registered professional engineer (Civil).
- Melinda Brunner hails from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s Contaminated Sites Program. Melinda has worked for DEC for 15 years in a variety of capacities, including as a remedial project manager at federal facilities on the National Priority List. She currently serves as the state’s DSMOA manager, and her team provides oversite for the assessment and cleanup of state, private and federal contaminated sites. Melinda is passionate about DEC’s mission of, ”Conserving, improving, and protecting Alaska's natural resources and environment to enhance the health, safety, and economic and social well-being of Alaskans.” Melinda is excited to be on ASTSWMO’s State Federal Coordination Focus Group, and appreciates the varied experiences and expertise that ASTSWMO involvement pulls together.
The mission of the Federal Facilities Research Center is to promote and enhance State and Territory involvement in the cleanup and reuse of contaminated federal facilities and to facilitate information exchange by and between States, Territories, and federal agencies. This includes identifying and researching emerging issues related to State and federal cleanup programs at federal facilities; producing and disseminating resource documents, tools, and policy positions; reviewing and commenting on federal regulation and policy development; and working with EPA, DoD, and other federal agencies on variety of federal facilities issues and forums.
To identify and investigate issues arising from the remediation, reuse, and long-term management of federal facilities. This includes researching and developing resource documents, issue papers, and other tools on the implementation of alternative or innovative remediation policies and strategies; site closeout and transfer; reuse and redevelopment of federal facilities; and long-term stewardship.
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To promote and enhance communication, policy development, and program implementation by and between States, Territories, and federal partners related to federal facilities restoration. This includes identifying and investigating national policy and programmatic issues; developing policy positions, guidance documents, fact sheets and other tools; and facilitating and strengthening communication with State and federal partners.